Virginia Rae Trowbridge, 86, a long-time resident of both Florham Park and Chatham, died Friday, January 25 at Morristown Medical Center, following a brief illness.
Born in Morristown, NJ on January 21, 1933, Virginia graduated from Chatham High School in 1950 and St. Lawrence University in 1954 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Virginia spent many years in the Art Needlework Design business and was known for her creative and talented skills in knitting, cross stitch, needlepoint and sewing. She devoted many years to knitting for charity with her beautiful sweaters, hats and mittens being gifted both locally and internationally. In addition to these talents, Virginia enjoyed her daily crossword puzzles, reading and baking wonderful cookies, cakes and breads for nearly everyone she knew.
Virginia was a past Volunteer of the Year for The Arc/Morris Chapter, as well as being a devoted volunteer for the Community Soup Kitchen in Morristown. These activities brought Virginia great joy and were a clear testament of her life-long commitment of paying it forward and caring for those in need. Of particular devotion and love was Virginia’s life-long commitment, service and membership to Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Chatham, where she served as President for the past 10 years.
Virginia was known by many as a friend to all. She had a wealth of precious friends and was surrounded by her family who cherished her love, generosity, kindness and huge heart.
Virginia is survived by her 3 children: Kathleen Rymes, daughter, of Manchester, NH; Gail Paradise, daughter, and husband Allan of Wharton, NJ; Charles Johnson, son, and his partner Nancy Cicalese of Port Murray, NJ. Virginia adored her 4 grandchildren: Rebecca Rymes and husband Kevin of Jacksonville, FL; Christopher Rymes and wife Elizabeth of Hendersonville, TN; Thomas Paradise and wife Julie of Rochester, NY; and Elizabeth Johnson of Easton, PA. Virginia is also survived by William Rymes, son-in-law of Keene, NH; Cristina Lamond, daughter-in-law of Easton, PA; and her most precious kitty, Lilly who was ever by her side for years. Additionally, Virginia was blessed by the presence of dear cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends who brought great joy into her life. Virginia was predeceased by her parents, C. Raymond Trowbridge and Virginia Aiken; her sister, Madelyn Post; and her dearest cousin, Gloria Rodgers.
Bradley and Son Funeral Home of Chatham has been entrusted with arrangements. A memorial service and celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Chatham, on Saturday, February 2 at 1:00 pm. A private family burial will be held in the future.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church, 286 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928.